My hunt for used books ended up in me buying a battered copy of The Road to Wigan Pier’ by George Orwell from a bookshop in Dundonald, mildly grumbling about the £3 I parted with to buy it. But 148 pages in and I’m glad I did buy it. Orwell may have been writing in the 1930’s, but much of what he is writing about unemployment and workers, or the British Empire rings today.
Well maybe not so much the British Empire, but other ’empires’. What about fruit empires for instance?
‘the high standard of life we enjoy in England depends upon our keeping a tight hold on the Empire, particularly the tropical portions of it such as India and Africa. Under the capitalist system, in order that England may live in comparative comfort, a hundred million Indians must live on the verge of starvation – an evil state of affairs, but you acquiesce in it every time you step into a taxi or eat a plate of strawberries and cream. The alternative is to throw the Empire overboard and reduce England to a cold and unimportant little isalnd where we should all have to work very hard and live mainly on herrings and potatoes’
passage from ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’, George Orwell